MATRIXSYNTH: New in 2020


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

John Bowen Solaris V2.0 Update Released


John Bowen

Above is a quick video from John Bowen on the new Phase Mod Oscillator posted back in March. You might remember mention of it in this post from February. The update is now available. Some details via the John Bowen Synth Design forum (pic via this previous post):


"I am very happy to announce the release of v2.0 Operating System for the Solaris!

I wanted to post a huge 'Thank You' to Jim Hewes, who has been laboring for almost 4 years on the Solaris OS. Jim has fixed more than 80 bugs, and added at least a dozen of features that I have requested. During this last year, not only did he completely re-work the entire SysEx code (replacing a bare-bones NRPN system) to allow for MIDI access to all of the now over 7300+ parameters (!), but has been working overtime to get a reasonable 4-part Multimode structure working. I think you will all agree what he has done is managed to save the Solaris from early abandonment to bring it forward as a still viable current instrument. What other hardware synth has been able to do that which came out 10 years ago?

I would also like to thank Hrast for coding the new Phase Mod oscillator type, and Sonic Core for providing the code for the CZ waveshape set. You can view Hrast's work under the name Hrastprogrammer and his wonderful software synth Transiztow: http://www.hrastprogrammer.com/hrastwerk/index.htm...

The biggest structural change is that each Multi Preset now is actually 4 layers deep, making it four times the size of a previous preset. All older presets will load as 4-part Multi Presets. Loading an older preset file automatically converts it into the new Multi Preset format. The new Multi Preset will populate Part 1 with all the parameters, including the Master FX, Output settings, Performance knob assignments, stored joystick position, SamplePool, arpeggiator settings, Assign switches, and BPM. As before, when the Preset LED is on, you are in Preset Mode. Touching any parameter knob will immediately jump out of Preset Mode and put the Solaris into Edit Mode. When in edit mode, the bottom line of the center display will display the current selected parameter, which now includes the part number as P1, P2, etc.

New Oscillator Type: PhaseMod (PhsMod)

In addition to all of the new Multimode features, a 7th Oscillator Type has been added. This features both “DX7-style FM” (otherwise known as Phase Modulation or PM) and Phase Distortion (PD, from the Casio family of CZ synths). The waveshapes provided are as follows: For PM – Sine, Morphing Saw (Morph1), Morphing Square (Morph2) For PD – CZSaw, CZSquare, CZPulse, CZSawPulse, CZReso1, CZReso2, and CZReso3.

For Phase Modulation, use PMod as the mod destination. For Phase Distortion, use the Shape knob and destination. (You can have both types of modulation going on, of course.) On the oscillator’s page 2, you will find Sync and Quant(ization) parameters. For the PhaseMod Type, the only sync value is Gate. For certain PM sounds, you need to ‘lock’ the start of the phase to make sure you have a consistent attack to the sound, or you don’t want to have phase cancellation with stacked oscillators. Gate works with the Phase setting, to restart the phase at a specific point for every note-on event.

Quantize reduces the bit resolution of the PhaseMod oscillator. The range is 0-31 (with 31 = 1 bit). Results are very subtle until you are in the 27-30 range.”

Kurzweil MS-1 MICROSEQUENCER 4-TRACK SEQUENCER

Note: Auction links are affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.


via this auction

I believe this is the first one to be feature on the site.

"We recently acquired the entire stock of Philadelphia's legendary Cintioli's Music store and will be listing it here on eBay in the coming weeks. This piece was taken from the pre-owned stock of that store and is guaranteed to work well."

Arcaico Kairos VCA-DELAY #modularsynthesizer #eurorack #arcaico #delay


Arcaico Instruments

"Kairos is analogue hybrid that reproduces the classic vintage BBD/Echo tape delay with VCA integrated, delay tone control and a dedicated wet out. The delay time range goes from 0.05ms to 1.1sec.

Technical specifications:

VCA (with attenuator)
CV time control (with attenuator)
TONE control delay
WET dedicated out
LOOP function
FEEDBACK control

10 HP
50mm deep"



"Reverb in eurorack format inspired by the infamous Reverberation Machine, built in THT technology with passive welded 'point-to-point' components, characterized by a VCA input and a post reverb distortion.

The input section is controlled by an integrated VCA. The TONE switch darkens or lightens the signal. The Decay, controlled in CV, through LDR resistor allows to create a large reverb: increasing the Decay to maximum level the feedback extends to infinity. The GAIN control allows to saturate the post-reverb signal. The RAVE button short-circuits the IN and OUT of the module, so as to obtain an infinite and self-regenerative feedback, creating auto-oscillation of the effect."

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

MOK Introduces Filtryg Professional Dual Filter Effect


MOK Filtryg Introduction

"MOK is excited to introduce Filtryg, a professional dual filter effect with deep sound sculpting features to aid in mixing, or add new dimensions in rhythm and timbre to recorded tracks. The integrated envelope follower, wide range LFOs, and MIDI keyboard tracking, each react to your playing as well as your source audio, forming an inspired filter effect that becomes a part of your performance.

The Filtryg dual filter effect plugin offers three filter types with a 12 dB State Variable Filter running in series or parallel with a choice of either 24 dB Ladder, or multiple modes of Biquad, each with their own personality and character. The State Variable Filter is continuously morph-able from Lowpass to Highpass filter modes, with either Bandpass or Notch in-between, while the Ladder and Biquad have a Drive control for extra punch and crunch on the output.

Filtryg’s visually striking interface offers a knob-based control surface, familiar to synthesists and effects users alike. The audio path, modulation routes, and their respective controls are all plainly visible and understandable from the front panel, enabling intuitive and speedy effect construction. It is possible to set up the harmonic-rich sound of audio rate filter FM, including assignable keyboard tracking, in just a few seconds. Finally, all of Filtryg’s parameters are available to automate from the plugin host.

Filtryg is compatible with AAX, AU and VST on Mac, PC and Linux, and is available now at MOK.com.

Features:

- Dual filter configuration in Series, Parallel or Mixed for flexible timbral shaping

- 12 dB State Variable Filter (LP, HP, BP, N), 24 dB Ladder Filter (LP, HP), and multiple Biquad Filter choices, each with distinct personality and character

- Morph knob morphs between State Variable Filter modes for dynamic filter variation

- Drive knob adds punch and crunch to the Ladder and Biquad Filter output

- Audio rate Filter FM enables unusual harmonic generation capabilities

- Keytrack modulation control for integrating keyboard performance

- Envelope Follower for direct interaction with input audio and sidechain pumping effects

- Tempo synchronized LFOs and threshold triggered Envelopes for rhythmic modulations

- Customizable color themes and language settings"

HEXE FX - JawsFX


pz314

"I was tasked with designing a JAWS themed pedal as part of a birthday gift for a true fan of the movie.
This is what i came up with:

- pedal allows to endlesly loop the iconic music theme,

- play an instrument over it,
- add a few randomly chosen quotes from the movie,

- alter the music track with manual or envelope controlled lowpass filter.
Ontop of that the pedal works as a stereo plate reverb and can be used that way with all the background sounds switched off.

Uses Teensy4 as it's main audio engine.
... and being a birthday gift, has a few hidden easter eggs :)"

WVR : modern, open source, embedded audio for $25



Currently on Kickstarter here.

Quick details via WVR:

"WVR is an ESP32 with a nice DAC and 8GB of fast eMMC memory. 18 stereo voices of simultaneous playback (at CD quality), which I think is something really needed in this space, in an open source project, at this price point.

The project also includes
a USB MIDI HOST add-on board,
a neat JavaScript library called RC.JS designed to help Arduino folks build GUI's, using React Native and Expo
the ability to store multiple firmware binaries in the eMMC, with the ability to boot from any of them
some tools to make building multi-sampled instruments a snap
2 dev boards
a stompbox version
etc, etc."



via the Kickstarter campaign:

"WVR is an open-source embedded solution for audio, with surprising capabilities. It includes everything you need to get started with embedded audio, with no soldering, and no coding necessary. WVR arrives ready to operate.

WVR is also a highly versatile device, capable of powering a new generation of embedded audio design, thanks in part to its wifi and bluetooth radio, providing all the power of a versatile and extensible Graphical User Interface ( GUI ), without the need for a screen or other interface. Users can upload samples, manage firmware, set configurations, build sequences, or control any other data imaginable, both wirelessly, and intuitively, using their laptop, or mobile device, inside a web browser, or even on a native mobile app on Android or iOS.

Capabilities:

Playback up to 18 stereo wav files simultaneously, with ~1ms latency

Accepts virtually every audio file format, at any resolution, and any size, including wav, mp3, ogg, acc, flac, pcm, aiff, and many more

Upload audio, map samples to MIDI notes, configure pin functionality, apply FX, manage files, etc, all over WIFI, with the default firmware that WVR ships with, and without writing any code

Holds over 12 hours (8 GB) of stereo audio, at 16bit 44.1kHz resolution

Can buffer over 1.5 minutes (16 MB) of stereo audio in RAM alone, at 16bit 44.1kHz resolution
Optically isolated MIDI input, provides to-spec MIDI input implementation without any additional circuitry

14 GPIO pins, 8 of which can be analog inputs, and 4 of which can be capacitive touch inputs, plus the many peripherals available on the ESP32 .

WVR's Wifi can function either as a Station or Access Point (it can login to an existing wifi network, or can create its own network and accept connections directly from devices in range, without a router or local network of any kind)

write firmware in Arduino, and upload over wifi. Stores multiple firmwares onboard, selectable via the UI. Fully compatible with the extensive, and battle-tested ESP Arduino library, and the exceptionally powerful ESP-IDF framework.

use RC.js JavaScript framework to modify, or custom build, the User Interface that WVR serves to users, without prior knowledge of CSS, HTML, Babel, Node, etc. Even build and deploy native mobile apps for iOS or Android from the same code base. You can play with RC.js in this REPL, try modifying the existing code, to see how it's intuitive, and highly portable, component-based syntax works, and check out the README.md file to learn more.

onboard Ultra Low Power (ULP) co-processor means WVR consumes only ~10uA in sleep mode

8knobsPortable synthesizer and midi controller. | Indiegogo



"8knobs is a portable synthesizer and midi controller. Right out of the box 8knobs creates drones and atmospheres (ambient soundscapes). 8knobs encourages learning synthesis, electronics, computer literacy and experimentation. Built on the popular Arduino platform it readily embodies the character of the user. It is an open source and hacker friendly instrument, ready to morph according to a wide range of use cases."

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/8knobs--2#/



"8knobs can be used as a MIDI controller through usb, as a plug-n-play device; this means no installations, no additional convertors, no headaches. The 8knobs DIY kit consists of a PCB, an Arduino Atmega 32u4, header pins, potentiometers, all the necessary electronic components, mounting hardware, a laser cut wood veneer body and a case made of hand stitched jute with raw unbleached cotton.

8knobs has 1 audio out, MIDI over USB or MIDI over 3.5mm to connect to other traditional synthesisers. It can be powered via USB, DC 9-12v wall adaptor or a 9v battery.

DIY

// Electronics // Sound synthesis // Computer Coding

While building 8knobs you’ll learn everything from the basics like soldering to the fundamentals of sound synthesis, electronics and computer codes by understanding, engineering and experimenting with signal flow. Learn the art of signal flow by building your own custom synthesiser and controller for more experiments!

Experience

// Creative learning and new approaches

Getting familiar with signal flow unlocks a wide range of new opportunities to innovate and produce technical as well as creative applications in various media - both analog and digital.

Just like the flow of signals in the brain are interconnected and influence each other. For example, like neurons communicating information in both chemical and electrical forms, can result in infinite combinations of thoughts, words, and actions, similarly, playing with signal flow in hardware (electronics), software (coding) and space (acoustics) can result in infinite creative expressions.

The art of signal flow offers endless possibilities, and whether you take it up as a hobby or use it to pursue a life-changing innovation is for you to choose. Either way, it’s a great feeling to get your hands dirty in the energetic flow of signals and DIY culture!"

Also available in eurorack.

Meet the Oskitone 3D Printed POLY555 Synth

Quick demo of the POLY555 from oskitone on Vimeo.

https://www.oskitone.com/product/poly555-synth



You might remember Oskitone from their 3D Printed OKAY mini synth in previous posts here.

"The POLY555 is a polyphonic, analog, square wave synth based on the 555 timer chip.

20 keys control 20 555 timers under a plexiglass window
Custom PCB and 3D-printed hardware, all designed by yours truly
Satisfying "clicky" tactile switches
Built-in amplifier and speaker
Soldered, assembled, tuned, and ready to go!
Also available as a DIY Kit.

Version: A

External controls: 20 keys, volume wheel, on/off switch
Internal controls: 20 trim potentiometers for tuning notes
Dimensions: 7.6"x 6.25" x 1.5"
IC Chips: LM555, LM386
Input/output: none"

Endorphin.es Running Order V2 firmware update: ratchets, probability, Euclidean shift, live recording


Endorphin.es



"What is new in Firmware v2.0?

Release notes: v.2.0: 29.12.2020

Live recording: now you can record a new sequence by toggling the Track select switch to the side and the current sequence will continue playing until we enter the new sequence and switch back to the center.
Ratcheting and Probability in the Standard (a.k.a. Step Input) mode.
When in the record state: current’s track knob (Repeats I for Track I and Repeats II for Track II) sets the ratcheting amounts for current step (0 to 3).
Another track knob (Repeats II for Track I and Repeats I for Track II) sets the probablity of current step (1% to 100%).
Ratchet means that trigger fires per current step not once, but up to 3 times more (4 in total with original trigger).
If Repeats I/II knobs are not touched on enabling the record switch and entering the steps, then the probablity is always 100% and all the ratchets are off.
Once we move each of track’s knobs during the record state, we set ratchet and probability values for current step and if we don’t change the knobs – those values apply to the next steps. To remember probability / ratchet parameter in step mode, first set the parameter value and then press step button to lock the value to a current step and change the new one.
Offset and Probability in the Euclidean mode.
When in the record state: current’s track knob (Repeats I for Track I and Repeats II for Track II) sets the offset amount -8 steps in CCW to 0 to +8 steps in CW of the euclidean circle grid.
Another track’s knob (Repeats II for Track I and Repeats I for Track II) sets the probability 1% in CCW to 100% CW of triggers appearing.
Sync inputs even more improved. Sync latency reduced to 100 micro seconds. Once external clock is paused for longer than 1 second and then continues again, that acts as a sync on both inputs.
Bug fix: previously if Repeats knob was set to fully CCW, then the divider knob would not have any effect on the speed of the track with external clock applied."

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Quasimidi Quasar Werks Factory Demos 1/2 - Rare Red & Blue Quasimidi Quasars


Aulikuorium

I don't beleive I've seen blue and red models of the Quasimidi Quasar before. Anyone know how many of these were made?

Quasimidi Quasar Werks Factory Demo 2/2


Jeam-Michel Jarre style demo.



Pic for the archives in case the videos ever get pulled.

SDS AutoPlay Piano Music Box!


freshnelly

"This project is a 1-off gift for my parents. It began as an experiment with the SDS Accord Melisma module's core. Outside of a module rack the hybrid synth must provide all of the signals you would normally patch, in the way they might be patched allowing autonomous operation as a stand-alone composition.

The piano also has a fairly large Flash memory and sequencer system similar to the Accord Sequarallel module (some of the SW was stolen from the Sequar!) in order to play recognizable songs that have been recorded in. I included a couple of Sequarallel's FX, and would have added more if time permitted, but as is usually the case, time ran out and I had to wrap it up and send it on it's way in time for Chrissy.

The piano has some settings, primarily the "mood" selector which will bias randomization of song types toward this selection. i.e. Mood=Summer, then there's a good chance a Beach Boys tune will start playing, followed by "Sunny Days" or "La isla Bonita". Like Christmas, "Melisma" is one of the moods and will either compose it's own music from banks of progressions in any one of the 8 PROG memories, or will take an existing song and apply Sequarallel FX to it, thus completely changing the way it sounds. (It's the perfect plagiarism tool I'll tell ya!)

On top of all of this, the keys on the piano animate thus making it a player piano! I'll be honest, the keys don't match actual chords even though the original design was for just that. Due to circumstances beyond my control parts didn't arrive so I had to wing it with what I had around the workshop. It would have been nice, but only to someone that plays piano, I doubt anyone else would even notice!

The project wasn't without disastrous goof-ups though. I managed to fry most of it by passing 12 volts through everything, AFTER recording in over 200 songs. Luckily I had backed up over 100 songs so it only took 2 days get the rest in. Then there was the "I have no idea how electromagnets interact" crisis which was a result of making a bad decision under stress from Canada post losing my order or whatever happened. That's covered in the video.

All in all this was a fun & challenging project which pulled me away from the intense programming I had been slaving on for 3 months prior, thus offering a holiday without leaving the farm, which is double bonus these days. Wow am I ever refreshed and ready to just back into it, both feet tippy toes down.
Cheers!
Enjoy the video!"

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Polyend Preset - Euclidean Sequencing (Open Source Firmware)


Polyend

"Polyend Preset firmware is now open source. This is the first example of a new user added functionality - the Euclidean Sequencing.

polyend.com/preset"

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Vintage Tonic


Magnus Lidström

"We have developed a machine-learning algorithm that generates synth sounds from audio samples. To put this algorithm to the test we created Vintage Tonic: a recreation of ten legendary drum machines for Microtonic.

Read more about it here: https://soniccharge.com/forum/topic/1...

Download the patches from: https://soniccharge.com/download"

Some additional info:

"Vintage Tonic is a patch package for Microtonic created from recordings of the following classic drum machines:

Maestro Rhythm King (1960)
Keio / Korg Minipops 7 (1966)
Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm (1978)
Korg KR-55 (1979)
Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer (1980)
Oberheim DMX (1981)
Linn Drum (1982)
Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (1984)
Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer (1984)
Roland TR-505 Rhythm Composer (1986)

Notice that the collection includes both analog and digital drum machines. Naturally, the digital drum machines are much harder to reproduce using Microtonic's synthesizer engine, but even imperfect results are fun, and I find the sounds quite useful.

The older drum machines were mainly preset pattern players. I have painstakingly tried to reproduce not only their sounds but also all of their original patterns."

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Frequency Central Seismograf BD and SD


Frequency Central

"A short Seismograf BD and SD jam, just randomly auditioning some of the drum types, and tuning/distort effects. No real plan!"



"Seismograf is a PIC based drum module featuring coding by Jetroid. There is currently a choice of two PICs which may be used with Seismograf, ‘BD‘ and ‘SD‘. As you might expect, BD contains a range of 8 bass drums, while SD contains a range 8 of snare drums. The drum sounds are 10 bit encodings of some of our favourite electronic kits from yesteryear (see chart below). It is not possible for the user to load their own sounds onto Seismograf PICs, but there is a chance that we may release alternative drum sets as the years roll (!) by.

Select

This knob is used to select one of the 8 sounds to be triggered. It has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Tune

This knob may be used to detune the drum sound either upwards or downwards. It has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Distort

This knob may be used to introduce either one of two different types of distortion to your chosen drum sound. When set to the mid position (12 o’clock) no distortion is present. Turning the knob anti-clockwise will cause the sound to be progressively clipped harder, while turning the knob clockwise will cause the sound to be progressively more bitcrushed. This knob has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Secret Sauce

Try running the sawtooth output of an audio rate VCO into Seismograf’s trigger input, then wiggle the Tune knob manually, or apply a control voltage to the Tune input. Wow! What’s happening here then? When I first demo’ed this feature to Jetroid he buffered for a few minutes before performing a cold shutdown, unable to process what was happening to his code. Seismograf is acting kinda like a fliter, right? Well maybe! Probably more akin to oscillator sync really. As the incoming trigger is so fast, Seismograf only gets to play the initial part of it’s waveform, less on high notes, more on low notes. Additionally, there is naturally higher frequency content the higher the note and so forth. Whatever’s going on, we’re sure that you’ll agree that it sounds freaking awesome. More than just a drum module, right?"



"Seismograf is a PIC based drum module featuring coding by Jetroid. There is currently a choice of two PICs which may be used with Seismograf, ‘BD‘ and ‘SD‘. As you might expect, BD contains a range of 8 bass drums, while SD contains a range 8 of snare drums. The drum sounds are 10 bit encodings of some of our favourite electronic kits from yesteryear (see chart below). It is not possible for the user to load their own sounds onto Seismograf PICs, but there is a chance that we may release alternative drum sets as the years roll (!) by.

Select

This knob is used to select one of the 8 sounds to be triggered. It has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Tune

This knob may be used to detune the drum sound either upwards or downwards. It has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Distort

This knob may be used to introduce either one of two different types of distortion to your chosen drum sound. When set to the mid position (12 o’clock) no distortion is present. Turning the knob anti-clockwise will cause the sound to be progressively clipped harder, while turning the knob clockwise will cause the sound to be progressively more bitcrushed. This knob has a CV input associated with it, and when a jack is inserted into the CV input, the knob is used to attenuate the incoming control voltage. This CV input responds to 0V to 5V signals.

Secret Sauce

Try running the sawtooth output of an audio rate VCO into Seismograf’s trigger input, then wiggle the Tune knob manually, or apply a control voltage to the Tune input. Wow! What’s happening here then? When I first demo’ed this feature to Jetroid he buffered for a few minutes before performing a cold shutdown, unable to process what was happening to his code. Seismograf is acting kinda like a fliter, right? Well maybe! Probably more akin to oscillator sync really. As the incoming trigger is so fast, Seismograf only gets to play the initial part of it’s waveform, less on high notes, more on low notes. Additionally, there is naturally higher frequency content the higher the note and so forth. Whatever’s going on, we’re sure that you’ll agree that it sounds freaking awesome. More than just a drum module, right?"

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Arturia Announces the Chorus JUN-6 as a Free Gift for the Holidays


Arturia

"Chorus JUN-6 is modeled after the iconic stereo effect found in the Roland Juno series of analog polysynths from the ‘80s - your new favorite mix-widening, sound-enhancing tool. Reborn in exquisite sonic detail, there’s no catch, no trial version, no nonsense - just an awesome free effect for you to enjoy right now.

» INFORMATION
🎁 Download it for free until December 29th, 20 → https://bit.ly/3nIiLI3"

Tutorials | Chorus JUN-6 - Overview

"In this tutorial we'll walk you through beautiful sound and authentic features of Chorus JUN-6, our own recreation of the iconic Juno effect. Arturia's Product Specialist Jacob showcases its many uses on various types of sounds (pads, guitars, basses, and more) and explores how you can use it in your production process - complete with a real song example at the end.

» CHAPTERS
00:00 : Intro
01:01 : Front Panel Top
02:06 : Front Panel Bottom
02:23 : Chorus Modes I, II, I+II on Pad Sound
04:34 : Chorus Modes I, II, I+II on Guitar
06:19 : Chorus Modes I, II, I+II on Bass
07:36 : Chorus Modes I, II, I+II Explanation
08:13 : Manual Mode Explained + Sound Examples
12:30 : Real Case Track Use
15:01 : Outro"

Instruo Now on VCV Rack


Instruƍ

"Happy holidays everyone!

2020 has sucked on many levels… but hopefully this might lighten some lockdowns:
Instruo is now on VCV Rack for anyone to use for free!
It’s been a busy year but I’ve had the great fortune of welcoming a few new team members to the Instruo crew.
This in particular has been a project that really grew exponentially since June!
With the pandemic still on going, hopefully this will ease some boredom and help inspire some creativity.

Thank you everyone that has supported Instruo to date.
I have many exciting things in development and we thought this would be a nice way to give something back in thanks.

Happy Christmas and New Year when it comes.
And of course happy patching!
Cheers
Jason"

Sinevibes Blend v2 - Multi-Voice Chorus


Sinevibes

"Blend is a multi-voice chorus effect developed by Sinevibes. Available as AU+VST plugin for Mac. Product page: https://www.sinevibes.com/blend/"




"Blend is a multi-voice chorus comprised of up to 16 separate layers. Each of them actually is a chorus effect on its own – complete with a dedicated modulation generator and a feedback loop. Even with all 16 layers activated, the resulting mix is dense yet always silky smooth and musical – thanks to clever proportional modulation phase offsets. Blend also has three different interpolation algorithms, each giving it a slightly different sound character. And as much as it excels at creating delicious chorus and ensemble effects of many, many styles, Blend’s unusual flexibility allows it to easily go into much further territory, so effects like vibrato, tape wow, flanger, smear, dissonance, even reverb – are just a few tweaks away.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Crumar Performer Goes Virtual


zioguido

"Crumar is proud to present the first official virtual instrument: Performer.

Credits:
UI design by: Pierre Collard
Code by:
- Luigi Felici @ nusofting.com
- Michele Picaro @ TantalumAudio.com
- Guido Scognamiglio @ GenuineSoundware.com
Project management by: Andrea Agnoletto

Video editing by Guido Scognamiglio, Andrea Agnoletto
Voiceover by: Luke Martin
Music by: Liqih @ soundcloud.com/liqih & Michele Picaro

Visit: www.crumar.it"



via Crumar.it

"It was back in 1979 when the italian company CRUMAR released the Performer. It was a 49 keys compact string machine with a brass section. The idea arrived after the success of the Multiman-S model (Orchestrator in USA). After few years, the company was enough smart to understand that the demand of musicians in 1979 was different and music was evolving differently in those days. Here came the CRUMAR Performer, a compact and more modern keyboard that seems perfect for the music of the upcoming '80a.

Performer uses the famous "TOS" configuration. This was a very common and practical way to achieve polyphony at that time: a high frequency clock drives a "top octave generator chip" which produces all the note frequencies for the top octave as a basic square waves. These square waves can be then be fed to frequency divider to produce a note an octave lower, then to another one to generate an octave below than that, and so on.

Performer used the Mostek MK50240N as a top octave synthesizer and used 12 TDA1008 as dividers to create a logical tonal grid according to which keys are being hit on the brass and 8' and 16' string mixes. From here there's an analog filter/envelope on the brass and EQ and analog delay section based on BBD chips for the string section. Performer had 2 hardware revisions during production years basically with these differences:

Rev.A - First instrument release.

Rev.B - Added an extra transpose switch and boards revision. The brass section was completely redesigned using chips from SSM company (Solid State Micro Technology for Music): one SSM2050 IC as envelope generator and one SSM2040 IC as 4-pole filter. SSM2040 is considered one of the best sounding filters for the way it can add harmonics to the original signal, for its resonance and small amounts of distortion when overdriven.

Brass sound is para-phonic.

After more than 40 years since the release of the CRUMAR Performer keyboard, and after one year of accurate and intensive research on the original instrument, sound, components and schematics and all its variants, we decided to offer the same playing experience with an accurate software, a faithful replica of the original hardware instrument.

Performer is a physical modeling simulation of the original vintage instrument.

Main features:

- Adjustable global and single note tuning.
- Fully polyphonic.
- Realistic control panel with sliders and buttons like the original.
- Accurate simulation of original circuitry.
- Selection for Rev.A and Rev.B filter.
- Selection for the "sustain modification".
- Built-in adjustable reverb and chorus effect.
- Simulation of pedals effect section including Graphic EQ, Phaser, Flanger and Analog Delay.
- On-screen help tips and readout values.
- Very low memory and CPU power needed.
- Easy MIDI-Learn feature.
- MIDI map import and export feature.
- Bank and program import and export feature.
- Compatible with Windows and OSX.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

ORPHO - VOODOO DRUM series |EURORACK TUBE DRUM MACHINE- BD RELEASE | EURORACK MODULAR DRUM MODULE


HOX808



"Das erste Modul aus der kommenden Voodoo Drum Serie ist die BD.

Zum Einsatz kommen zwei Russische MilitÀrröhren vom Typ 6SH1P, die einen einzigartigen Röhrensound entstehen lassen.
Die 4 Parameter ATTACK, DECAY, FREQ.C.1 und FREQ.C.2 beeinflussen den Klang multilateral und stehen in Interaktion untereinander. Um die uneingeschrĂ€nkte Ausnutzung des Parameterumfangs zu gewĂ€hrleisten, fahren die Potentiometer ihre Einstellwerte in absolute Grenzbereiche und ĂŒber sie hinaus. Beim Einstellen ist also etwas Behutsamkeit erforderlich. Der Trigger-Eingang reagiert dynamisch um akzentuierte Schritte zu ermöglichen. Akzeptiert werden Trigger-Signale von 0-10 Volt. Der Gate-Eingang reagiert konventionell.
Die BD wird ab 2021 erhĂ€ltlich sein…
http://www.orpho.de/voodoo-drum-series/"

Googlish:

"The first module from the upcoming voodoo drum series is the BD.

Two Russian military tubes of type 6SH1P are used, which create a unique tube sound.
The 4 parameters ATTACK, DECAY, FREQ.C. 1 and FREQ.C.2 influence the sound multilaterally and interact with each other. In order to guarantee the unrestricted use of the range of parameters, the potentiometers drive their setting values into absolute limit ranges and beyond them. So some caution is required when adjusting. The trigger input reacts dynamically to enable accented steps. Trigger signals of 0-10 volts are accepted. The gate entrance reacts conventionally.
The BD will be available from 2021 ...
http://www.orpho.de/voodoo-drum-series/"

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Lower West Side Studio Introduces M122 Master Divider Module


Lower West Side Studio - 2 Minute Tour - M122 Master Divider

"A quick video demonstration of the M122 Master Divider by Lower West Side Studio

The M122 Master Divider is a clock divider which splits the incoming signal into divisions of 2, 4, 8 and 16. Each division is then broken down into 4 phases.

It provides an easy, flexible way to break up your clock signal and produce interesting polyrhythms.

The M122 is a licensed reengineered version of Ken Stone’s CGS22 Master Divider

For more information visit lowerwestsidestudio.com"


via Lower Swest Side Studio

"M122 Master Divider $330 $290

The M122 Master Divider is a clock divider which splits the incoming signal into divisions of 2, 4, 8 and 16. Each division is then broken down into 4 phases.

It provides an easy, flexible way to break up your clock signal and produce interesting polyrhythms.

The M122 is a licensed reengineered version of Ken Stone’s CGS22 Master Divider

As a special introductory offer we have reduced the price of the M122 Master Divider from $330CAD to $290CAD until December 18th!"
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